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What Is Hamachi?

    Hamachi is a virtual networking service that can be set up in minutes and enables secure remote access to your business network anywhere there is an Internet connection.

    Unlike traditional hardware and software based VPN systems, Hamachi is an on-demand virtual networking service that allows you to focus your time and energy on providing the remote connections your users and systems need, and not the technology or infrastructure you are using to support them.

    What are the key features of Hamachi?

    Hamachi is our VPN product, and will allow you to setup a Virtual Private Network that will allow you to share data between the computers in your network. Subscription Model:

    • Free subscription allows you to have 5 members in a network
    • Standard subscription allows you to have 32 members in a network
    • Premium subscription or a Central subscription allows you to have 256 members in a network
    • Multi-Network subscription allows you to have 256 members in a network and an unlimited number of networks

    Features:

    • Cloud-based virtual networking: Deliver virtual networking, over the web, without investing in costly hardware or additional IT infrastructure.
    • Gateway virtual networking: Provide remote users with secure access to your private network/LAN, including the resources on it, from a centralized Hamachi gateway, without modifying firewalls or network routers.
    • Hub-and-spoke virtual networking: Provide remote users with secure access to specific resources on your network, from any location, without modifying firewalls or network routers.
    • Mesh networking: Connect all of your network clients to each other. Quickly and easily create a simple, virtual, mesh network that allows remote machines to directly connect to each other, thereby giving users basic network access to all the network resources they need.
    • Centralized software deployment: Quickly and easily provision virtual network client software to new computers without having to go on-site. Simply send end-users a link to download and install the client to participate in a specific virtual network.
    • Encryption and Security: Hamachi offers secure communications using AES 256-bit encryption, combined with user- and network-level security authentication and locking.

    Who Should Use Hamachi?

    Here are a few examples of how you can take advantage of Hamachi.

    IT Support: Building a Mobile Office LAN

    Many mobile workers use their laptopsmobile devices in the office while connected to their company's shared resources (file servers, network printers, mail servers, etc.). But if a user moves away from the local network, he will no longer be able to access these resources. Software that is configured to work inside the office becomes useless outside the office.

    Using Hamachi, mobile workers become members of a Hamachi network wherein all shared resources are also network members. As a result, network configurations can remain unchanged. Hamachi sets up exactly the same networking environment for the mobile user no matter where he is.

    Tip: Hub-and-spoke and gateway are the best networking modes for this scenario.
    IT Support: Setting Up Network Access for Home Workers

    Home workers can be more productive when they have secure access to shared IT resources. Using the Hamachi client, home workers gain a secure tunnel directly into their company's network. They can work from home and still access the resources they need.

    Tip: Hub-and-spoke and gateway are the best networking modes for this scenario.
    Outsourced IT: Managing Multiple Networks

    A service provider with a number of administrators on his team wants to set up and maintain multiple Hamachi networks for multiple customers. He uses Hamachi to create Hamachi networks, deploy Hamachi clients, and apply default and custom settings for each customer. He can also manage other administrators in his organization, generate client activity reports, and manage network activity.

    Small to Medium Sized Organizations: Virtual LAN

    Organizations without a physical LAN can use the mesh network type to set up a virtual corporate LAN.

    Article last updated: 27 September, 2022